Cheap summer activities for the kids.

Cheap summer activities for the kids.

The computer got a snazzy upgrade from Marc and let me tell you, it’s fantastic. It runs great, it has a new screen & mouse. Plus more storage and other things I don’t really remember. Either way, I am now back and better than ever!

Can we talk about sunshine for a second?

Summer Activities

splash park with family free water park free fun splash park with the kids
Baby J and Little A and my sister all visited the splash park a couple times already this summer. Talk about sunburn, fun though!

I am LOVING baby J and little A having a place to play outside. We didn’t play outside as often as we would’ve liked in our old yard. So this year we’re outside like crazy. Pretty much from the time we get up till the time we go to sleep.

Splash Park

One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is grab my little sister and sometimes my brother (he’s getting too cool for us now) and head to the splash park down the street. The kids enjoy the different attractions getting soaking wet with cold water. It’s also free, so you really can’t go wrong there.

My tip for the day… and I encourage you to buy your kiddos it because it’s cheap and totally worth it.

Water Squirters!

I’ll have to get a picture of them and post it on the Instagram for you guys. The first two I got from Dollar Tree. Two sizes, one large one. The smaller one, J, was able to squeeze and he had so much fun being “rebellious” and squirting EVERYONE with water. It was awesome to see the kids and even us parents, having a good time, outside, with water on a hot day! WIN WIN you guys,

They have the big water squirters for $1 at Family Dollar as well if you guys have one of those

Water guns

I literally bought a 2 pack of water guns, for 1 buck at HyVee (It’s a grocery store) and Little A and I had the best time having a water gun fight. Between those and the water squirters it was a good time!

This summer has been a blast so far for us, what about you guys?

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Anxiety Mom Challenge Three, Say YES to the Request!

Anxiety Mom Challenge Three, Say YES to the Request!

It’s been a minute, but in true Anxiety Mom fashion, I’m later then I’d like.

I got a new camera! The Canon PowerShot s530 HS

• Budget friendly

• Takes nice shots

•What do I know I’m new at this…

Banana raspberry oat pancakes babyjlittlea toddler food
Banana raspberry oatmeal pancakes

Taken using my Canon Powershot💥

I accept photography tips💖, this is something I’ve always wanted to pursue. I am so excited to learn. Even more excited that Marc was willing to invest in my happiness!

On to the challenge…

maybe my name should be squirreled Anxiety Mom Challenge.

Anxiety Mom Challenge perfect for blogs Instagram Pinterest any platform baby j little a

Saying YES right away to anything, can be hard. I feel like a lot of my challenges are based around saying YES. If your anything like me it can be hard to agree, without first thinking no, oh err maybe next time.

I was listening to brain candy podcast… sometimes I feel like they just speak truth to my thoughts.

Sarah Rice was explaining that our brains are basically hardwired to do what is comfortable.

Even if what is comfortable isn’t the best option. I think Anxiety can really enhance that. You get this comfort level and run to stay where you feel comforted the most.

SO

Today’s challenge is about saying YES, to your kiddo(s).

I have been trying to be more mindful lately, for example, A was getting out of school sun☀️ shining away. It was a beautiful day… finally after a long winter.

She so excitedly… asked if we could go to the playground to play. Hesitantly, I agreed.

Hesitant yes

We spent roughly 20 minutes there and let me just say there were More pros then cons!

Pros

•Both children were happy and more worn out then before.

• Little A could not stop thanking me for taking her and saying yes to going in the first place. (ugh am I that bad.)

• We almost completely beat the going home “traffic“. Really, it isn’t bad but, very little cars going home 👍🏻

Con

I let my anxiety run my life sometimes and said no

So say I CHALLENGE you to say YES to one thing, just 1. That you normally might not do, or would put off saying yes.

Even if it’s a short activity, just say YES and love the gratitude you feel back from it. Anxiety is hard… we can challenge ourselves as parents together!

Did you do the challenge??⭐️ comment below!

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Sorry for the MIA…Where have you been?

Sorry for the MIA…Where have you been?

 

The hard drive on the only good computer we have went out over a month ago.

which is making it difficult to do anything with my blog or website 😦

I plan on fixing it.. but a mean house.. computer?? 

For now, I have my DINO of a laptop and it will work.

 

 

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Please follow so that you can bear with me through these difficult steps in my life!!

Thank you so much to my CURRENT followers for being there and not leaving.

 

Thanks ya’ll,

Comment if you’re ready for Winter to be over!!

Follow Five New People on Social Media, Anxiety Mom Challenge Two.

Follow Five New People on Social Media, Anxiety Mom Challenge Two.

Did you challenge yourself?

How many of y’all were able to complete challenge one? Getting out of the house!

Now it’s time for,

Challenge Number TWO!!

This is all about getting out there in the blog/social media world 🌍‼️

One important lesson I’ve learned so far with my blog is, that it’s super important to get out there and “promote” if you will… your posts.

It’s good to connect with other bloggers.

Just like a group of friends at home. Like-minded people typically stick together and can thrive with one another.

It helps to have support with a new blog. Commenting on each other’s posts, following each other, learning and taking tips from one another.

So go follow 5 new friends!!

Super simple and can make a big difference!

Once you start following, you might find it hard to stop… extra points for a comment 😉

So go on!

Follow 5 new bloggers

If you’re not doing this challenge with your blog, you can get on Instagram and follow new friends/profiles close to what your niche is. Like 5 Facebook pages , or 5 new Pinterest boards.

Whatever it is, it’s challenge number two time.

Comment one person you followed and I will follow both of you!

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Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms!

Breastfeeding


I know the feeling all too well.

You’re frustrated, baby won’t latch, you feel like you haven’t gotten a minute to yourself in weeks.

You’re overly exhausted, and baby needs more food… all night long you feed..your boobs are filled with milk or maybe not filled enough.. nipples hurt ahhh!

How will you keep going on like this? Will you ever shower again…

the answer is yes! You can do it momma, and if you’ve tried it all and can’t, don’t feel obligated to. Fed is best! You’re doing great.

I was terrified to breastfeed

We did skin to skin for an hour after J was born and I felt this instant connection with my son. For that hour we bonded, and even at minutes old... he was searching for my boob! (I really like saying boob so much better then breast...hopefully no one is offended.

It was always my plan to breastfeed baby J, so even when it got REALLY difficult… and let me tell you, sometimes it was really hard. I tried my best to stick it out. I was lucky enough to only have problems for the first few months.

It will get better!!!

It’s true, I don’t know how long…

but it will get better. I kept seeing this everywhere  when I was looking for advice and to be honest I don’t really know if it helped or not. I think it can never hurt to try. So many times when J wouldn’t stop crying or when he couldn’t latch correctly I thought-this will never get any easier.

“Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Or do, if it’s breast milk.

{ I know you can relate}

There might be roadblocks

When J was born he was 7lbs 6oz which was way bigger than any of us thought he’d be! In the hospital I felt confident about our feeding, I really recommend to use the lactation consultants!! Their amazing, and so helpful. I was somewhat sure I had breastfeeding figured out. But once I got home, that wasn’t the case. J was dropping weight, even a couple weeks after birth.

We then were put on a STRICT schedule of waking him to feed every 2 hours (pumping after that) and feeding the bottle. He did gain weight this way and it really helped with getting feeding down! We also visited a Lactation Consultant again (She said J was actually feeding well, it worked as a good brush up & confidence boost)

After all though, it did in fact, get easier! Now baby J is One and it’s not even something we think twice about. He can very easily latch on his own, and my milk supply is very evened out, it’s just a normal part of every day. Seriously he could latch onto my breast upside down (yes he’s tried)

Take the help

Did you hear me?… Take the help!

Don’t forget that as a momma, you need to give yourself the time of day. Brush your teeth and hair, eat a meal (hey eat 2 meals), and accept whatever help you are offered. If you’re offered a shower so that you’re swollen boobs can relax, T A K E I T.

So many times, Marc would feed me ice cream or dinner just so that I could continue to breastfeed J. {lucky gal=me} It really meant a lot to me to have a good group of people around me. Between my family and Marc’s I’ve had a lot of help around.

For the longest time I wouldn’t accept help from anyone else besides Marc, and I was so exhausted. Not always was someone around of course, but when you’re exhausted and worn out; Even a pee alone can help. So if someone is offering to help… T A K E I T.

Do Your Research

I’m a pinterest and google queen, need a deal let me check Amazon really quick for you.

This isn’t necessary for everyone, it might even fit into the ‘ask for help’ section. However, I LOVE to do my research on things that influence my life. I’m an “overachiever” in that way I guess.

On the same token there is only so much you can do before actually having your baby and breastfeeding. Try to breathe Momma you’re doing great, if there are dads reading this… just do your best to listen and help where you can & GET SNACKS HURRY.

One thing I’d really recommend is, Lanolin Cream the hospital actually provided this to me and it was amazing! You can put it on before and after breastfeeding so it’s totally safe for baby (HUGE plus on my Parent Points scale…)

Helps with the rawness, especially if there is trouble with latching. J in the beginning had a hard time staying latched (he would get super sleepy).



Baby J’s Favorite Books!

Baby J’s Favorite Books!

During the 30 day blog challenge, I felt inspired to share more of baby J’s favorites.

I earn a small commission for purchases made though all amazon links on this post. Click on the photo for product details!

J’s Favorite Books

So Big!

So Big! Perfect childrens book for ages 6 months - 12 months (more or less really) baby J has been "reading" this since 4 months. It was even passed down from Little A!
Baby J has been looking at So Big! since he was four months old. He loves the ‘surprise’ pop- up of Elmo at the end. It has really helped with his first set of words. Like Ma-Ma and Da-Da. He loves to throw his hands up for “So Big“. I recommend this one, by far one of my favorites!
Parent Points score- 5/5!!

Baby Einstein Neptune’s Friends Book, Box and Plush.

Neptune's Friends book, Box and Plush. A great book for a year and beyond. Interactive plush and book with sounds included.
J got this for Christmas, Neptune is the name of this cute little guy. The book that comes along with it, has a sound for each friend you meet along the way. It’s very “baby Einstein” Esque. It has just a few pages which can be on either end of the pro’s and con’s. Baby J does interact when I am reading this to him. Thumbs UP,
Parent Points score- 4/5

Find the Teddy

Find the teddy, an affordable "peek a boo" type book. You find teddy in different places, the end is a goodnight sequence. Perfect for a bedtime story!
Find the Teddy is also a duplicate from the 30 day blog challenge. However, Baby J didn’t like it near as much then as he does now at a year + old. He is beginning to point to the teddy in the book . Which is so exciting, I was wondering how long this book would stay! It ends with goodnight which is perfect for our long book reading bedtime routine.
Parent Points score 4/5 (I recommend ages 7 months and up)
“$ Looks like it’s a GREAT price right now!!”

Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? A CLASSIC children's story. Very easy to catch on to the pattern and really encourages kids to start reading at even young ages.
This was Little A’s favorite when she was younger. It’s a super easy book to catch on to what is coming next. Now baby J is learning to appreciate it too! It works perfect for little ones like J or even those beginning to read like A. When she[A] first started learning, the images and the repetitiveness of this book really did wonders. On the same token if you are annoyed by the same song and dance just different music, this might be one for kids room only. CLASSIC
Parent Points Score 4/5




I really enjoy reading with the kids. We spent a lot of Winter Break reading books that the kiddos got for Christmas. Little A has just gotten into reading on her own, sometimes with a little help from me. I am waiting to post her list until it’s more finalized, have you tried getting a “final answer” from a six year old? Yeah it’s not easy guys!

What books are your little ones into? I would love to hear more recommendations! Do you like the Parent Points score? Let me know in the comments.

Happy New Year everyone!

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Feel Inspired through Mid-December ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Slump, Creative Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Are you running out of Elf on the Shelf ideas already?

It’s basically bound to happen

There are 25 days to fill if you start on December 1st, and even more if you start shortly after Thanksgiving.

That’s why I am here! To scour Pinterest for the BEST Elf on the Shelf Ideas. 

In today’s post I give you my favorites, of the two sites I am sharing with you guys today. They have Easy and Creative Elf on the Shelf ideas for my fellow parents out there. Please Follow their blogs as they are all credits to them. Happy Holidays!

31 Day Blog Challenge?

I am so  b e y o n d o v e r it…

It’s the holidays and I am just over trying to complete it!! If there were any days that you guys REALLY wanted to hear, I will absolutely answer!

As parents I feel like we’re always searching for other ways to get our kids to listen. I don’t know what is so different about when I was little to now,-but kids seem to have a harder time just doing what they are supposed to do.

Which I think is why Elf on the shelf was created. It gives children an extra incentive to do better at home.

I have never done it for Little A, Baby J is still young of course, but I am watching my niece do it this year and it looks SO fun. I love coming up with different ideas on where to put the elf.

Until I feel like your four days in… and then you’ve run out of ideas and still many days to go! Since I am taking a hiatus on the 31 Day Blog Challenge, I’ve decided to post a few different sites each day with Elf on the Shelf Ideas! 

“On the First Day of Elf on the Shelf”

we looked at

Smart Schoolhouse

She has a REALLY cute list of ideas. 

My Favorites


A cotton ball igloo hut (seriously so cute)


a cotton ball bathtub in the crock pot, complete with a rubber ducky and a towel (Elf hair care is important too)


next to the creamer bottle in the fridge-wrapped in a wash cloth blanket. (brrr , thanks for the ‘morning jo’ help, Elf.)

https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/the-best-elf-on-the-shelf-ideas-ever

Holidays are the best! Such a bright time, so easy to find affordable and free events around town. With lighting ceremonies and holiday concerts, so cheery.

YourBump

Has a slideshow of creative ideas!

A few I really loved


Rock climbing up the wall with Gift Bows, SO cute and simple.


 A puzzle, that way you can put it together later. I love a reason to do things as a family!


A melted snowman,  simple but I am sure it will get the little ones talking!

http://yourbump.com/elf-on-the-shelf-ideas/1/

Are you doing elf on the shelf with your kids? What are some of your ideas? Share in the comments!

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